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September 12, 2013

Open Lighthouse Day: Time to see the light

Always wanted a closer look at a lighthouse? About two dozen Maine beacons will be open to the public on Saturday.

By Bob Keyes bkeyes@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

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Doubling Point Light

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OPEN LIGHTHOUSE DAY

WHEN: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday

WHERE: Various lighthouses in Maine

HOW MUCH: Free

INFO: tinyurl.com/openlighthouseday

BURNT ISLAND LIGHT STATION

LOCATION: Entrance to Boothbay Harbor (offshore)

YEAR BUILT: 1821

HEIGHT: 30 feet

ILLUMINATING FACT: This is the second-oldest lighthouse in Maine that hasn't been rebuilt. (The oldest is Portland Head Light, built in 1791.)

CURTIS ISLAND LIGHTHOUSE

LOCATION: Curtis Island, Penobscot Bay

YEAR BUILT: 1835

HEIGHT: 25 feet

ILLUMINATING FACT: The island is named after publishing magnate and philanthropist Cyrus Curtis, who summered in Camden.

DICE HEAD LIGHT

LOCATION: Battle Avenue, Castine

YEAR BUILT: 1828; rebuilt several times

HEIGHT: 51 feet

ILLUMINATING FACT: The lighthouse was sold in the 1930s, but has been restored by the town of Castine, and was re-lighted in 2008.

DOUBLING POINT LIGHT STATION

LOCATION: Doubling Point Road, Arrowsic Island

YEAR BUILT: 1898

HEIGHT: 23 feet

ILLUMINATING FACT: In 1999, the tower was lifted off the foundation with a crane, put on a barge and moved into storage while contractors reset the 12,000-pound granite blocks at the base.

FORT POINT LIGHT

LOCATION: Fort Point Road, Stockton Springs

YEAR BUILT: 1857

HEIGHT: 31 feet

ILLUMINATING FACT: This squared light tower was named for nearby Fort Pownall, and is attached to the keeper's house by an enclosed passageway.

GRINDLE POINT LIGHT

LOCATION: Ferry Road, Islesboro (ferry from Lincolnville)

YEAR BUILT: 1874

HEIGHT: 39 feet

ILLUMINATING FACT: Located on picturesque Gilkey Harbor, the light keeper's house is home to the Sailors' Memorial Museum.

KENNEBEC RIVER RANGE LIGHTS

LOCATION: Doubling Point Road, Arrowsic

YEAR BUILT: 1898

HEIGHT: 13 feet and 21 feet

ILLUMINATING FACT: These are the only pair of "range lights" among Maine's 64 lighthouses, and are among the very few wooden lighthouses in the country. The front light flashes continuously, while the back light shows six quick flashes, then pauses.

MARSHALL POINT LIGHTHOUSE

LOCATION: Marshall Point Road, Port Clyde

YEAR BUILT: 1832; rebuilt in 1858

HEIGHT: 24 feet

ILLUMINATING FACT: The scene only lasted a few seconds in the film, but during the title character's cross-country run in "Forrest Gump" (1994), the Marshall Point Lighthouse made a cameo as the eastern-most point of his journey.

MONHEGAN ISLAND LIGHTHOUSE

LOCATION: Monhegan Island. Take a boat from Port Clyde, New Harbor or Boothbay Harbor. Open 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

YEAR BUILT: 1822

HEIGHT: 47 feet

ILLUMINATING FACT: Originally, the light came from burning sperm whale oil. Now, it's powered by solar panels.

OWLS HEAD LIGHTHOUSE

LOCATION: Owls Head Light State Park, Owls Head

YEAR BUILT: 1825; rebuilt in 1852

HEIGHT: 30 feet

ILLUMINATING FACT: This lighthouse still uses a Fresnel light, which was installed in 1856 and produces a fixed white beam.

PEMAQUID POINT LIGHTHOUSE

LOCATION: Route 130, Bristol

YEAR BUILT: 1827; rebuilt in 1835

HEIGHT: 38 feet

ILLUMINATING FACT: This lighthouse appears on the Maine state quarter issued in 2003.

PORTLAND BREAKWATER LIGHTHOUSE (BUG LIGHT)

LOCATION: Bug Light Park, Madison Street, South Portland

YEAR BUILT: 1855; rebuilt in 1875

HEIGHT: 26 feet

ILLUMINATING FACT: This tiny lighthouse helps guide ships into busy Portland Harbor. It got its nickname, "Bug Light," because of its small size.

PORTLAND HEAD LIGHT

LOCATION: 1000 Shore Road, Fort Williams Park, Cape Elizabeth

YEAR BUILT: 1791

HEIGHT: Original tower, 72 feet; raised 20 more feet in 1865

ILLUMINATING FACT: Photogenic Portland Head, located at the entrance to Portland Harbor, was commissioned by George Washington and was originally lit with 16 whale oil lamps. It's one of the most photographed lighthouses in the United States.

ROCKLAND BREAKWATER LIGHT

LOCATION: On a granite breakwater in Rockland Harbor. Turn onto Waldo Avenue from Route 1, then turn right on Samoset Road.

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Burnt Coat Harbor Lighthouse

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Burnt Island Light Station

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Spring Point Ledge Lighthouse

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Owls Head Lighthouse

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Range Light (front)

Fort Williams Park
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Portland Head Light

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Pemaquid Point Lighthouse

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Monhegan Island Lighthouse

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Marshall Point Lighthouse



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